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2018-19 Rebels Athletics Award Winners

April 3, 2019

Rebels Athletics recently held their annual end of the season banquet dinner, where they celebrated the 2018-19 Varsity Athletics season, and gave out MVP awards to each team along with two special recognition awards. Below is a full listing of the awards, along with a link to pictures from the night’s event.
Congrats to all the winners and kudos to all the players, coaches, trainers and staff on another successful Rebels varsity sport season! Read More →

Rebels WVB Chloe Orteza named MCAC Player of the Week

February 28, 2019

WINNIPEG, MB., February 27, 2018 – The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that both Brett Foley and Matt Freisen from the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team are co-male athletes of the week, and Chloe Orteza from the Red River College Rebels women’s volleyball team is the female athlete of the week.

Chloe Orteza

Congratulations to Chloe Orteza from the Red River College women’s volleyball team, who is the female athlete of the week.

Orteza, second-year setter out of Ile des Chenes, MB, was a key piece in the Rebels thrilling run to the 2019 Women’s Volleyball Championship this weekend – the first ever in program history. She finished with 37 assists, four digs and a couple key aces in Sunday’s championship game.

“As co-captain of the Rebels women’s volleyball team for the best two season Chloe has been a leader of the team on and off the court,” said Rebels head coach Dan McGregor. “As a nursing student she has a significant time commitment; however, she was able to attend all practices and come with a high level of engagement and intensity to push herself and the team toward the goal of winning the conference championship.”

With the Rebels beginning the season without a designated setter, Orteza, originally an outside hitter, took on the challenge of becoming the team’s go-to setter down the stretch of the season.

“Chloe’s willing to do whatever it takes for the team to be successful,” McGregor continued. “She worked hard in practice and watched video to get up to speed on a position that she had never played before and did an excellent job in both playoff games this weekend.”

Rebels Win 2019 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Championship!

February 25, 2019

WVB 🏐 | Rebels claim first MCAC women’s volleyball title in dramatic five-setter over Blazers

OTTERBURNE — Equipped with a never-say-die attitude, the Red River Rebels women’s volleyball team capped a dream weekend in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Final Four with their first championship in dramatic fashion. / By Nathan Liewicki/MCAC

By Nathan Liewicki

OTTERBURNE — Equipped with a never-say-die attitude, the Red River Rebels women’s volleyball team capped a dream weekend in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Final Four winning their first championship in dramatic fashion.

Red River, which was seeded third after posting a 7-9 record in regular-season play, knocked off the top-seeded Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 3-2 (25-12, 19-25, 25-23, 25-27, 15-11) in the MCAC final at Providence University College in Otterburne on Sunday afternoon.

Rebels’ Taylor Gray / 📸 Heidi Martins

“It’s awesome, it’s unbelievable and I still can’t believe it happened,” second-year RRC outside hitter Sara Meisner said.

The five-foot-nine Moosehorn product finished with 12 kills, a team-best 21 digs and three of the Rebels’ 11 aces.

RRC reached the final in dramatic fashion, erasing a two-set deficit against the second-seeded Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges to capture the first of two semifinals, 3-2 (15-25, 12-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-11), on Saturday.

“I think it was just an avalanche,” fifth-year Rebels head coach Dan McGregor said. “Once it started going and we started winning some points and got a little more confidence it carried all the way through. We felt like we could do no wrong at that point.”

The Rebels triumphed in just one of their eight combined regular-season meetings with USB and CMU, but the Rebels dug deep during the Final Four, especially against the Blazers, who posted a 12-4 regular-season mark before they downed the No. 4 Assiniboine Community College Cougars 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-17) in Saturday’s other semi.

“We’ve played them four times this year and we won one set. I don’t know if there was a lot of confidence there,” McGregor said. “As much as we had some close sets, we tried to build ourselves up going in the right direction.”

Blazers’ Renee Desroches / 📸 Heidi Martins

After falling behind 6-3 in the opening set, RRC went on a 4-0 run with Meisner at the service-line. The Blazers squared it up on the next point, but the Rebels won 11 straight points on the strength of outstanding serving by setter Chloe Orteza and terrific block defense to grab an 18-7 advantage.

The second-year nursing student from Ile des Chenes, who only took over setting duties around Christmas, finished with 37 assists, four digs and two aces.

MCAC co-MVP Ashley Goodwin cemented the opening set for the Rebels with one of her match-high 20 kills off an angled CMU block. The six-foot-two outside hitter from Winnipeg also led her team with four aces and dug up 10 balls.

“I think there were a few nerves coming in because they were the number one team and we hadn’t beaten them yet, but once we got up on them we could see that we could do it,” Goodwin said. “I think that gave us confidence for the rest of the match.”

Rebels’ Ashley Goodwin, MVP / 📸 Heidi Martins

Goodwin continued to assert her dominance early in the second set as she helped RRC snag a 7-6 lead.

The set remained close until the Blazers used a 6-0 run to take a 22-15 lead.

RRC saved two set points before being called for a net violation in an attempt to stave off a third.

Out to a fast 10-2 start in the third set, it looked like the Blazers had found their groove and were ready to put the match on cruise control. However, the Rebels battled their way back with stout defence, and Chloe Friesen’s error on a riveting, minute-long rally brought RRC to within two points, 19-17.

The Rebels claimed a 2-1 lead when Meisner’s desperation hit into the CMU backcourt resulted in two Blazers running into each other and the ball hitting the floor.

“I think we thought even though we are down a bit, there’s lots of game left and we can come back,” Meisner said. “We just didn’t get down on ourselves like we did in the past, which is why we lost so many games. We just kept the positivity and we just started getting points, started earning them.”

Blazers’ Lydawn McGarry  / 📸 Heidi Martins

CMU garnered a 5-3 lead early in the fourth set, but the Rebels continued their stellar defense, and it paid dividends with a 7-1 run to take a 10-6 lead.

The Blazers weren’t going to let the Rebels extinguish their flame that quickly as they went on a run of their own, forging a 22-17 advantage.

Like they did in the second, RRC saved two set points before Allison Kryschuk dumped a serve into the net. The Rebels saved a third CMU set point before co-MVP Jana Klassen served up her lone ace of the match to push the championship match the distance.

Klassen, a five-foot-nine left side from Calgary, led the Blazers with 17 kills and dug up 14 balls.

But try as she could to will CMU to its fifth MCAC championship in program history, and second in three years, Klassen could only look on as the Rebels used an 8-0 run to grab a 9-2 lead in the fifth.

The Blazers responded with a 6-1 of their own to cut the deficit to 10-8, but they couldn’t climb all the way back. A joint block by RRC defenders appeared to land outside the court but was called in by the closest official and the Rebels began celebrating on their side of the net.

“There was a body in front of him and it may have messed up his judgement and I don’t think he saw,” CMU middle Mackenzy Groot said. “I thought it was unfair and bad judgment on his part.”

 📸 Heidi Martins

First-year Blazers head coach Roy Rodriguez admitted it was a tough pill to swallow but rued some costly mental errors committed by his team.

“When everything is all scrambled, you want to almost finish the point at some point and just want a mental break,” he said. “The other team scrapped really well, dug up a lot of balls and gave themselves a chance to bring the ball back. We did the same thing, just at some points, it wasn’t enough.”

Just a handful of seasons removed from a winless season, McGregor and his players are going to savour the program’s first MCAC banner.

“I’m quite proud of our team. A few years ago, when I started coaching here, we were 0-20,” McGregor said. “We worked hard and coming out this year I feel like they earned everything they achieved.”

The 2019 Women’s Volleyball Champions, RRC Rebels  / 📸 Heidi Martins

RRC Volleyball Players Ashley Goodwin and Josh Goosen named MCAC MVP’s

February 22, 2019

Today, RRC volleyball players Ashley Goodwin and Josh Goosen were named MCAC MVP’s in their respective leagues.

Goodwin, a second year left side hitter from Winnipeg (Miles Mac Collegiate), had another excellent season with the Rebels leading the team in kills (139), aces (44), blocks (82) and digs (172). At 6’2″ Goodwin was a huge presence at the net and true leader on the court. She was named MCAC co-mvp along with CMU Blazer Jana Klassen.

Coach Dan McGregor ” Ashley has been an important piece of the success that we have had in our program over the past 2 seasons. She leads by example by bringing a competitive intensity to both practices and games. She is continually looking at ways to enhance her skills to be a well-rounded player that can contribute in all facets of the game. Based on her excellent passing, defense and hitting ability Ashley has made a successful transition to playing on the left side, moving from middle where she has played most of her career.”

This is the second year in a row Goodwin has been recognized by the MCAC, last year being named All-Conference. The outdoor power equipment tech. student hopes to lead the Rebels to a MCAC championships this weekend at Providence University College, first with a semi final win over the USB Rouges, Saturday February 23rd at 11am.

Josh Goosen, the 6’4″ outside hitter from MBCI was named the MCAC Men’s most volleyball player of the year. Goosen, a second year creative communications student was the most dominant offensive player in the league this season, leading with a whopping 293 kills. The UofM Bisons transfer was named MCAC athlete of the week in early February after connecting on 56 kills with a .384 hitting efficiency in back-to-back 3-0 sweeps over the ACC Cougars.

Coach Lindsay Habib ” Josh is an exceptional athlete and a first class person. He has a very rare ability to smile, laugh and enjoy himself on the court while still being intense, focused, and perform at a high level. Josh led the league in kills by a wide margin this year and led the Rebels in every offensive category for hitters. Despite missing the playoffs Josh was named the league MVP, which is a testament to how dominant of a player he is. We wish Josh all the best as he graduates later this year.” 

Goosen will be graduating from Cre-Com this year after two spectacular seasons with the Rebels including an all-conference award, player of the week award, league MVP and a playoff appearance.

For a full listing of MCAC volleyball award winners, please click here.

Rebels Weekend Wrap: Feb 15-17

February 19, 2019

This past weekend marked the final time in the 2018/19 season where all 6 Rebels court sport teams competed at once, with the basketball teams at NIAC championships, futsal and volleyball at home in the North Gym in MCAC play. Read More →

Rebels Weekend Wrap: Jan 25-27

January 28, 2019

The last weekend of January had all 6 court sport teams in action, with the Rebels having games at home, away in Winnipeg and across the border in South Dakota. Read More →